27 Club

27 Club – Wikipedia.

I find this coincidence quite morbid, the loss of such talented people at such a young age.
They live on forever in their music. May their souls party on.

Janis Joplin

Janis Joplin (January 19, 1943 – October 4, 1970)

Self destruction seems a part of life,
the desire to flee this one chance on earth.
We all have talents hidden within us,
discovering our talents is the key.
Yet discovery is not enough for some,
they feel there is more in another place.
We cannot pretend to understand
the thought process of the gifted.
Sadly there are some that leave us early,
gifting us with their legacy to enjoy.
Moribund is the author sitting here,
attempting to understand the why.

©2011 Trevor Litchfield

Their candles burned so bright,
their light extinguished to soon.
We now live in their shadow,
attempting to relight the flame.

I think Sir Elton John might be the the inspiration for this last piece, a misquote from his song “Candle In The Wind

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Saxophone Massive @ NNF11

NNF11If you haven’t already noticed, I’m supporting the Norfolk & Norwich Festival by adding a link to their website via the image above.

Today was the festival opener and what a fantastic sight and sound it was! Over 200 saxophonists on Millennium Plane entertaining the hundreds crowded around the stage. I was looking forward to this free show as I love the sound of saxophones and I wasn’t disappointed by the stunning sound of all these saxophones.

I was hoping to find that someone had already uploaded a video clip so that I could post it here but it appears no one has yet. Here is something very similar organised by the same musicians in France.

Yesterday we had a young lady in the shop asking for some sheet music. She was associated with the festival and was on a last minute hunt for props for one of the theatres. After some searching we found her some sheets that she was delighted with as they were also from the period when the play is set. She was worried that the cast members or other backroom staff might damage them as she was a musician and new the value of sheet music whereas some of the other theatre people saw them as just props.

She was back today buying yet more sheet music as her worst fears had come true. The sheets were so of the period that they had done away with their original posters in the box office only to rip the fronts off of the sheet music and used these fronts to design a new box office poster! The poor woman was distraught but happy that we had similar stock so that these sheets could then be used for their original purpose, decorating the set.

I’m not too sure how many events I will be attending over the festival but this evening was great and there are free events happening every day of the festival so I intend to make the most of these free things to see and do over the next three weeks.

If you are interested you can learn more at the following links

NNF11 Website
NNF11 @ YouTube
NNF11 @ Facebook
NNF11 @ Twitter
#NNF11 on Twitter

Playing For Change

I received this as a message  from a friend the other day and I thought it worth sharing

EVERY PERSON HAS A GIFT …
THIS EXAMPLE IS Sensational!

Read before you watch the video:

The musicians don’t know each other, as they are from different places around the world. So, the sound and image technicians (volunteers) did an amazing job capturing the sound of each of the “singers”, individually and globally (they are outdoor performances and it is extremely difficult to do without “external noise”). They managed reaching a remarkable level of musical purity. We come to this wonderful musical achieved through high technology, that joins people around the world for an instant, making them feel and talk the same universal language: music. Moments like this, with great dedication and generosity, make us still have some hope in the “human race”.

Just click below and watch something absolutely stunning, technically and musically.

ENJOY!!!

I’ve also discovered this website: Playing For Change

Taking it easy

Mumford & Sons with Laura Marling

Mumford & Sons with Laura Marling (Image by radio1interactive via Flickr)

It’s been such a quiet week so far, I’ve had nothing much to write about. I’ve been taking it easy therefore my mind has been on autopilot these last few days, all I’ve really done is take full advantage of my Spotify subscription and listened to some music I’ve not heard in years and found a few new bands (to me at least).

If you’re interested both artists play folk/indie type music:
Mumford & Sons:
They are described as a folk/bluegrass group formed in London in September 2008. Having received critical acclaim from The Guardian on their “Band of the Day” online forum, and resounding praise from nearly everyone who has witnessed them supporting The Maccabees and Laura Marling, Mumford & Sons continue to turn heads in London’s growing folk scene.

I did give The Maccabees and Laura Marling a listen but they didn’t do much for me, I really enjoyed Mumford & Sons though, they remind me a little of Fairport Convention who I listen to quite regularly. I’m not sure if Mumford & Sons would approve me saying that but I only listen to a few folk bands.

The other artist I enjoyed having a listen to was Angus & Julia Stone, they are described thus:
Angus and Julia’s decision to collaborate was taken at the beginning of 2006. Prior to that, both had performed as solo artists at open mike nights but utilised the other as a backing partner. Ultimately they came up with the same idea, “Why don’t we play together? It kind of made a lot of sense”. In terms of composing the material, they write on their own, then work together on structure and harmonies.

This brother and sister act are very melodic and quite calming to listen to, Julies voice reminds me of a very calm version of Bjork (if that’s possible!).

So, that’s me up to date.

Lifes Soundtrack

A gramophone cartridge with stylus for use on ...

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I have always lived and breathed music. It is such a large part of my life that I really don’t know what sort of person I’d be without it. There have been times when it has taken a back seat in my life but now, once again I find it is one of my main focuses in life.

For as long as I can remember I’ve played music. My first memories of buying 7 inch vinyl singles then playing them on my dads record player are still with me. My dads record player was a suitcase type affair and it had valves in it, the records used to drop down then get played. I still have it and it gets the occasional play when I’m in the mood to warm it up.

As I reached my teens, I could afford LP’s and that is when I found the music that I still very much listen to to this day. I’ll not go through my most loved records but lets just say my collection soon grew to feature most of the best and most famous rock artists of the early and mid 70’s along with a few not so well known artists. Those not so well known artist were and still are my favourites.

Late teens and early 20’s saw me getting out and seeing many of these artist at live concerts. Discovering yet more artists and then people that shared my musical interests. 3 other people in particular became close friends during those years and we rarely went anywhere without each other. They were great times and we discovered some great music together.

One of those friends played bass guitar and was always keen to get a few other musicians together to learn and play our favourite tracks of the time. For some reason they thought I had a voice worth sharing with their music and I grudgingly became their vocalist on these jam sessions. I know my voice didn’t suit a lot of the songs they could play but we had a lot of fun and I loved stepping back to let the others just jam away. I always admired the way they could just let their music and instruments talk for them. I was often left in awe of their skill yet they all played for fun only, none of them were or ever became professional musicians yet I’m sure they all could have if they had wanted.

The years pass and life takes on new responsibilities and for the next 20 or so years music also gets put on the back burner of my life, gently simmering until I can once again reintroduce it to my life. I will admit I never thought it would come back as it has but now I find that once again along with reading, it is up front and leading me in new directions. I’m catching up with artists that were around at the time I first fell in love with music. Artists from the late 60’s and early 70’s dominate my listening and it feels like almost every day I’m learning about new artists of that era.

I spend a lot of my free time with music playing, a soundtrack to my life. This soundtrack has become more diverse in recent times but only by the artists I listen to, not by the style of music. In my blood I’m still that teenager who first heard and bought that first vinyl Grateful Dead gatefold double LP and today that is where my music taste still lays, in the heart of 70’s rock.

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